Coconut Milk Shampoo


Coconut Milk ShampooI chose this pin because I have spent my adult life in search of hair products than can manage my fine but very curly hair. Let’s just state here and now that I have spent a small fortune over the years! I have tried over the counter products, and as a licensed cosmetologist I have tried what feels like all of the “professional” products. While many of them work well, I haven’t found one the I’m in love with yet. Having naturally curly hair is both a blessing and a curse. We grew up in Seal Beach, CA, where going to the beach happened all the time. Even if we did not go to the beach, we lived close enough the get the “beach breeze” (humidity) outside our home. For girls without curly hair it means you get that oh so cool “wavy beach hair look”. For those of us blessed with curly hair, it means only one thing, FRIZZ, FRIZZ and more FRIZZ. Growing up my Mom paid to have my hair chemically straightened. I then had straight but very dry, damaged hair. Over the years I have learned how to “control” most of the frizz by blow drying and straight iron. Which again means dry damaged hair :( .  So at the ripe age of 50 something I have gone back to wearing my hair without blow drying/straight ironing it and I’m trying to “work” with and not “against” the curl. The problem is that some shampoos are too heavy while others are too light. When I found this pin I decided to see if coconut milk shampoo could “tame” my “mane”!

Ingredients: 1/4 cup coconut milk (store bought or make your own), 1/3 cup baby shampoo, 1 tsp. vitamin E, olive or almond oil and 10 to 20 drops of essential oil.Coconut Milk ShampooTo make your homemade coconut milk: place 1/2 cup coconut flakes into your blender with one cup of hot water. Pulse the mixture about 20 times. You do not want to run your blender continuously. Strain milk through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. The cheesecloth worked great for me :) Press down on the cocunut flakes to  get all the liquid out. Spoon back into your blender, add another cup of hot water and pulse 20 times. Do this four times and you will end up with 4 cups of fresh coconut milk! My kitchen is smelling pretty good right now!Coconut Milk ShampooSo let’s make some shampoo! I used a ketchup bottle purchased from the grocery store to put it in. Pour in your wonderful 1/4 cup coconut milk. Next I added in my 1/3 cup baby shampoo, sorry but I got so excited I forgot to take a picture of it. Please use your imagination for that step.Coconut Milk ShampooNext add your 1 tsp of oil of choice (vitamin E, almond or olive oil).Coconut Milk ShampooLast but not least add in 10 to 20 drops of your essential oil. I “rocked” the bottle back and forth to mix the ingredients.Coconut Milk ShampooI am very pleased with my results. One thing I forgot to mention is that I color my hair. Pre-mature graying runs in our family. Mine started when I was in my late 20′s. So I have been coloring my hair for a long time. Any products formulated for color treated hair always cost more money! Big surprise! I love that this shampoo is so gentle it will not cause the color to fade, but strong enough to get my hair clean. It has a low lather but that does not bother me.

My hair is clean without getting dried out or weighed down. My hair and This Pin Rock!

Coconut Milk Shampoo

  • ¼ c homemade coconut milk or canned coconut milk
  • ⅓ c baby shampoo of your choice
  • 1 tsp vitamin E, olive or almond oil
  • 10 to 20 drops of your choice of essential oils

  1. Pour ingredients into container. Shaken gently before use.


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  1. Hi Tracy – Eager to try your coconut shampoo. Maybe I missed it but can you please give amounts of the oil and baby shampoo to use?
    Thanks! Your blog rocks!

    • Kimberly,

      Thanks for bringing that to my attention! I’ve updated the post with the recipe at the top and again at the bottom for easier reading. Hope you like it as much as I do!

  2. Do you use conditioner after cleaning you hair with this? Awesome recipe :)

    • I condition every other shampoo, just a little on the ends. Conditioner really tends to weigh down the curl in my hair. Since I no longer blow dry or use a straightener on my hair split ends are not a problem :)

    • I`m very anxious to try this recipe. I`ve given up on the conventional shampoos 2 weeks ago and was using a baking soda/water mix. This sounds better. I was getting impatient for the “detoxing” of chemicals as my hair is long. But i definitely preferred the results anyway as my hair felt more natural. For Camila Jauregui Rangel and all else. I also stopped buying conditioners 6 months ago and started using APPLE CIDER VINEGAR only. The results are phenomenol!! There are several methods but I simply put it in a spray bottle and spray it on my hair after shampooing and rinse out at the end of shower. You will not believe the natural shine your hair will have. .. Thanks again for this recipe. :)

      • Diane,

        I’ve been curious about using Apple Cider Vinegar as conditioner. Great to hear it works so well. You will love the Coconut Milk Shampoo. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :-) Tracy – The Middle Child

  3. Could you use coconut oil?

  4. Hi! I am eager to try this for my 4 yr old who has skin allergies but also thin and curly hair! Question. . . How long can this mixture keep? Do I need to keep in fridge I’m assuming no, but how long can it keep in shower? Thank u!!

    • Kristen,

      You can keep the ingredients/shampoo at room temperature. It should last at least 2 – 3 weeks before any possible spoiling. Keep in mind it might take a week or two for all the chemicals from any store bought shampoo to be removed from your 4 year olds hair. Give it 2 weeks to see if it works for you and your family. I’m on week two and my hair is doing better than week one :) Good luck and let me know what you think!

  5. Just an update on the Bloglovin’ situation… I’m still getting comments in my feed, but I noticed they are comments on posts I haven’t read, so the posts aren’t being fed to the feed, only the comments. Most strange.

    - Leisel

  6. Jeanne says:

    Only thing that makes this bad is the J&J soap. If it’s got ‘parabens in it, it’s NOT healthy. Breast cancer survivor here, you learn to adjust items you use on your body. :-) If you use anything on any part of your body with parabens, I’d strongly recommend you stop. Love the coconut though!! :-) Is there an alternate to the J&J?

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